Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Kristi Kates - August 1st, 2011
20 Years of Cool Music in a Hot City Lollapalooza Preview 2011
By Kristi Kates
Big, big numbers are being projected for this year’s 20th Anniversary Lollapalooza Festival (August 5-7) in Chicago, which serves as pretty much the Midwest’s only truly gigantic claim to summer music festival fame, with Rothbury’s Electric Forest Fest aiming at second place. Lolla keeps aiming at bigger and bigger goals, and this year’s no exception.
If 90,000 tickets sold per each day of Lolla’s three-day run sounds like a lot to you, you’re right - last year’s record was 240,000 people over the weekend; a sold-out show this year would result in a three-day attendance of 270,000. So patience will definitely be a virtue - but it’ll be worth it to see Lolla’s once again standout lineup.

To Lolla’s credit, they’ve been working hard on making the whole thing work, capacity crowds or no. The Lolla organizers have now expanded the festival grounds to across the street from Grant Park, where attendees will be happy to find the new Google Plus stage; two branches (North and South) of the popular environmental market, Green Street; several Lolla lounges; and the equally popular Perry’s dance pavilion, which hosts loads of Lolla guests moving and grooving to the best in electronica music and DJ sets.
Green Street is one of the most interesting elements of every year’s Lollapalooza, as it aims to be the “public face” of the fest’s environmental initiatives to be as “green,” or sustainable, an event as possible. At Green Street on-site, you’ll be able to purchase eco-friendly artwork, including clothing from Avatar and Chaos Card Company, jewelry, photography and print art, and a whole lot more. Green Street’s Farmers Market brings fresh foods direct from farm-to-festival for a break from the usual festival eats (more about those in a moment), and those wanting to help a bigger cause can check out the Lolla Cares booths.

And now back to those festival meals on-the-run. They’re definitely top-notch at Lolla compared to most music festivals, and even more so the past couple of years, with Iron Chef competitor and local Chicago bistronomic restauranteur-slash-Lolla’s “Culinary Ambassador” Graham Elliot, who’s taken on the large task of organizing over 30 eclectic food vendors for Lolla’s Chow Town, which, much like Green Street this year, has both North and South stations to help disperse crowds and offer a wide range of eats.

Most importantly are the bands playing at Lolla each year, the foundation of the entire event and the Midwest’s opportunity to travel in from the outlying areas to see musicians that might not tour some of the smaller towns.
This year, Lolla’s lineup is just as impressive as previous years. Headliners include festival favorite (and previous Lolla headliner) Muse; new-to-Lolla Foo Fighters; Deadmau5; Detroiter Eminem; A Perfect Circle; and the somewhat incongruous Coldplay, whose more elegant music - and less party-centric fans - might be a bit of a mismatch for Lolla.
The smaller stages are no less intriguing. Popular indie-popsters/rockers on the side stages this year include highlights the zippy underground rock of Arctic Monkeys, the retro-synthy White Lies, the folk-pop of Bright Eyes, and clever Chicago favorites OK Go. Elsewhere, Cold War Kids, Portugal. The Man, The Kills, and Two Door Cinema Club will be reeling in the crowds.
Plenty of this year’s buzz bands are in evidence, too, from Smith Westerns, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Noah and the Whale, and The Joy Formidable; and if it’s dance/electronica/DJ sets you’re waiting for, be sure to check out Modeselektor, Pretty Lights, Midnight Conspiracy, Daedelus, Chris Cox, and of course festival founder Perry Farrell himself, appearing with his wife as PerryEtty; and hip-hop is in evidence most notably through the appearances of The Cool Kids and Cee Lo Green.
Throw in Lollapalooza’s direct proximity to downtown Chicago and the Michigan Avenue shopping area, the beauty and green spaces of Grant Park (where the festival is primarily held), and weather that, if history holds, is sure to range in the upper 80s, rain or sun, and you’ve got the recipe for another great Lollapalooza, and a perfect way to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a festival in 2011.

For more info on the Lollapalooza festival, visit www.lollapalooza.com.
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